4 Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul

“Our vocation is to go and enflame the hearts of men, to do what the Son of God did, He Who brought fire into the world to set it alight with His love. What else can we wish for, than for it to burn and consume all things?” – St. Vincent de Paul These words of […]

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47 Ignatius Of Loyola Crucifix

St. Ignatius of Loyola

“All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola What if the things in this world hinder us from the goal of knowing, loving, […]

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42 California Missions Junipero Serra

St. Junipero Serra

Visiting California’s missions is a beautiful experience. The unique characteristics of each mission are striking, from the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to the lonely ruins of Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. The fragments of paint, adobe, or plants that exist from the time the first missionaries sweated on the land almost feel like relics. […]

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25 Katherine Drexel Charity Work

St. Katherine Drexel

“The patient and humble endurance of the cross, whatever nature it may be, is the highest work we have to do.” – St. Katherine Drexel Can social activism and the feminine genius walk hand in hand? What about wealth and compassion? Can someone born into prosperity think outside the box and dedicate her life to […]

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21 John Bosco Mentorship

St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco experienced a series of visionary dreams during his lifetime. In one of them, he saw a vast ocean with fleets of enemy ships in it, all battling against one large ship, representative of the Church. Two columns rose in the sea, one smaller than the other. The smaller one was topped with […]

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St. Marianne Cope

“Let us make best use of the fleeting moments. They will not return.” –St. Marianne Cope A saint who practically defines for us what it means to be a missionary entrepreneur is St. Marianne Cope. Over the course of a life devoted to God, St. Marianne served the suffering in New York and Hawaii with […]

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17 Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“The union of my soul with God is my wealth in poverty and joy in deepest affliction.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton As we examine the lives of saints who exemplified the role of a missionary entrepreneur, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton must be near the top of the list. St. Elizabeth’s life testifies time and […]

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11 Homobonus Cloth Merchant

St. Homobonus

If you know your Latin, you’ll know that St. Homobonus’ name literally means “good man.” What a fitting name for a great, and underappreciated, saint! St. Homobonus is a special model for the missionary entrepreneur: He was in many ways an average businessman facing business decisions, exhaustions, and commitments comparable to the ones we face […]

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10 Frances Xavier Cabrini

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini

The Cabrini Shrine is situated in Golden, Colorado. The plot of land was negotiated and purchased in 1910 by a religious sister, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who wanted to use it as a summer camp for orphaned girls she took care of in Denver. Unfortunately, the land seemed to have a water problem: The only […]

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6 Damien Of Molaki Grave

St. Damien of Molokai

The famous poet Robert Louis Stevenson visited the island of Molokai while sick with tuberculosis and described how he was struck at his island landing by the “abominable deformation of our common manhood… a population as only now and then surrounds us in a nightmare.” Life at Molokai, he went on, “is an ordeal from […]

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